Eight Years in the Making Local Family May Get New Home

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

After more than eight years one local family is one ramp closer to owning a home where their daughter can move about freely.

Wind blows through the frames of Mary White's uncompleted house. But she is still smiling. "When I was here Thursday there was just floors, came in today and I have walls," says Mary White.
Pretty soon she hopes to have ramps ramps that will let her daughter Mackenzie move about the house more freely.

"Mackenzie hasn't lived in a place where she could go from room to room or be bathed in a dignified manner. We want to change that," says Volunteer Mike Ruspil. Ruspil is one of the many volunteers that have stepped up to help build a wheel chair accessible home for the White family. "We're building a house on a foundation of love," says Ruspil.

When Mackenzie was just 6-years-old she had a heart attack. It took rescuers 25 minutes to bring her back to life. Now she is in a wheel chair for life. Her mom takes care of her now. "Totally dependent on everybody for her daily needs," says White.

White lived in several different houses over the last eight years but never one designed for wheel chairs. Last summer friends and family decided to change that. Today they continued that effort with a book and bake sale sponsored by Altrusa.

White says she is, "overwhelmed and grateful for the support we've had from our community ever day." And while many have offered their help more is still needed to meet the June deadline. Ruspil says, "We think we need to raise another 25 to 30 thousand dollars of actual cash and then a lot of materials and a lot of man power."

If you would like to help you can call Mike Ruspil at 970-216-0983 or email him at bearsco@bresnan.net.

Wednesday, April 18th, the White Family Home Project will hold a benefit yard sale at Fruita Middle School. Spaces are available to Rent. Contact Donna Garrett with Altrusa at 970-245-2712


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